Polar Bears 2010

A local client who’s dad loved polar bears wanted to give him a small polar bear panel. The design originated from Paned Expressions Studios Inc on their pattern disk titled “Nature’s Bounty” – “Polar Motherhood”. We used the bears design while putting them in a panel that measured 10 inches high by 12 inches wide. The original panel design measured 2 ft wide by 3 ft high.

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Original Design by Paned Expressions Studios

100 + Year Old Came Window Restoration 2016

Brenda & her husband who live in Central Alberta, brought us this 100+ year old came window which is a family heirloom that they rescued from a century old family farm home.

This is what the window looked like when it was brought to our studio.

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The following picture shows the window after it was cleaned and before removal from the the wooden frame. Unfortunately there were 3 broken pieces in the rose colored border,  4 greens in the center were all cracked and or broken along with one center clear.

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In the next photo the came window has been removed from the old wooden frame.

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In the next photo the numbered pieces # 2 top left – 4 top left center- 15 bottom right center (rose border pieces) 26 (clear center piece)  28 – 29 – 45 – 47 (the 4 center greens) were all broken.  The best alternative we could come up for the dusty rose border glass was an English Muffle Dusty Rose #4902. Our friends at Rubaiyat Stained Glass Studio in Calgary helped us to locate an older piece of clear as well as a very close matching green.

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We take lots of photographs of these old windows before taking them apart, as well we number each piece. We set up a frame then start in one corner and work our way across the window, cleaning each piece of glass as we go along (we also re-number after clean each piece to ensure that it is put back in the window in the exact manner that the original stained glass artist installed them. Having good photographs certainly helps as we can bring them up on our computer to ensure that we have replaced each piece as it was originally placed in the window.

What we did was replace the 4 corners with the new English Muffle #4902, then carefully working with 2 of these unbroken border pieces we used them to replace broken border pieces # 4 & 15. The 4 green pieces in the center were also replaced and the 4 center clears were all replace to even out the look of the panel.

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Our clients were most appreciated of our work in restoring their family heirloom panel. They have now found an old photograph of the 100+ year old farm home and it shows 2 of these windows. They plan on residing it and there is a possibility that the 2nd window could still hidden away behind the siding. If so and they find the 2nd window there is a very good chance that it might be there in its original state with no broken glass, but no doubt will need to also be fully restored.

Alberta Prairie – Mountains Transom Window 2015

As previously indicated we have an updated photo of the interior transom window featuring the Alberta Prairie – Mountains and Storm Clouds.  For the sunbeam rays as mentioned further in this post we used a Crystal Ice Youghiogheny glass. Depending on the time of day whether it be sunlight or interior room back lighting these rays come to life.

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Wonderful clients who live SW of Olds Alberta also commissioned us to do their last interior transom window. The first 2 are on our website as Alberta Rose Transom Window Summer of 2014 and Beveled Transom Window 2015.

For the 3rd window our clients wanted to have the transom window designed from a painting that they have, which shows storm clouds over the prairies with the grain fields in the foreground, backdropped by Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains.

To accomplish this design we once again solicited the awesome design skills of Martha at Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland. The design measures approximately 36 inches wide by 12 inches high.

What was really neat about this project was the opportunity to use some very neat art glass from Youghiogheny, Armstrong, Kokomo and Spectrum Glass. With this design it was of utmost importance for us is to watch glass direction carefully as advised by Martha at Paned Expressions Studios as it could have turned out looking like a bad abstract.

This picture is of the finished window prior to installation in our clients home. The sunbeam rays were made using Youghiogheny #YO-1000SP Ice White. The light effects from either backlight from sunlight and/or room lighting is quite simply stunning. The next time we visit our clients we will get a photo of the window installed, hopefully showing the sunbeam light effects.StainedGlassTransomWindowJune2015

Design by Paned Expressions Studios

This is our clients painting, from which the stained glass pattern was designed from by Martha at Paned Expressions Studios.

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Hand Hills Grain Elevator December 2015

For Christmas 2015 we were commissioned to make this grain elevator.

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Our clients father in law purchased this grain elevator located in East Central Alberta a number of years ago and painted it John Deere Green & Yellow colors.

They wanted a  replica of the elevator in stained glass that they could actually put wheat in from the farm.

The roof on the top is removable to allow this, we added 2 small nails soldered into the removable roof to provide stability when handling to prevent the roof from slipping off.

We used Spectrum’s new clear Barnwood glass along with Spectrum’s green and yellow.

The elevator is approximately 12 inches high x 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It takes time and lots of patience to solder together but the end result is quite stunning.

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Design by Lucinda Doran & Joy Bamford

Alberta Welcome – Red Deer Alberta – The Gaetz Memorial United Church

In the late fall of 2014, we were asked to see what we could do for a large church window for “The Gaetz Memorial United Church” in downtown Red Deer Alberta. The church recently installed new main entrance doors, with 2 large windows above these doors.

The church committee provided us with sketch design concept. We once again enlisted the stained glass design experts at Paned Expressions Studios Inc. in Edgewood Maryland USA ( http://www.panedexpressions.com ). Martha Hanson and her design team came up with the “Alberta Welcome” design. These 2 panels each measured approximately 6 feet wide by slightly over 2 feet high for a total of some 25+ sq ft of stained glass and contain nearly 600 pieces of glass.

In the construction of these windows we used a variety of beautiful art glass including Armstrong, Bullseye, Kokomo, Spectrum, Uroboros, Wissmach and Youghiogheny

The windows were a memorial gift from one of the congregation members.

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Design by Paned Expressions Studios

This is the left panel of “Alberta Welcome”. The concept was to show a sweeping design across Alberta and as the windows faced south it was perfect to do this. On the left side of the left panel are located the Cypress Hills of South Eastern Alberta along with a lake in that area, our famous Alberta Roses, and the badlands near the Drumheller area. A road  was designed to run up to a church located within the rolling fields of wheat and canola. The blue piece can be visioned as either a flax field or one of many sloughs located in this area.

The unfortunate part is that we are unable to get a full photograph of both windows together. The reason being that there is a staircase descending  to the front doors on the left side with a wall on the right side, then another set of stairs descending to the church basement.

Design by Paned Expressions Studios

The right panel picture had to be taken from the descending stairs into the church basement which distorts the view somewhat. The 2 panels were designed to flow together therefore some of the crop land and parkland continued into the slopes of forest and foothills rising to the mountains. The mountain is Mt. Rundle located in Banff National Park with its reflection in Vermillion lakes and is a world famous sight to see in our Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, Alberta.

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Design by Paned Expressions Studios

To give you an idea as to the scope of this stained glass window here is a picture of them together as they are above the doors of the church, however as stated above not a true indication as to how they look.

If you are ever in Red Deer a visit to the church would be very worthwhile, not only to see “Alberta Welcome” but the church sanctuary which has some of the largest and most beautiful old stained glass windows in Central Alberta.

We are grateful for the opportunity to do this window for the Gaetz Memorial United Church located at 4758 Ross Street in downtown Red Deer.

This “Alberta Welcome” would not have been possible with the outstanding help and design talents of Martha Hanson and her team at Paned Expressions Studios Inc.

 

 

 

 

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